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Favored by fishermen, motorcycle riders, and winter sports enthusiasts, heated socks are now becoming popular with people shoveling snow and the elderly suffering from conditions such as poor circulation and Raynaud's Phenomenon.

While there are many home remedies and techniques for keeping feet warm (such as microwave-heated corn bags), people on the go and the less mobile may find heated socks a better alternative.

Heated socks can keep feet warm for up to 12 hours using warming circuits wired into the socks -- think of them as miniature, battery-operated electric blankets. Their low voltage power eliminates risk of electrical shock, even when wet.

When buying heated socks, here are some tips to consider:

  • Choose a design based on how you will wear them. Some socks have heating wires throughout the sock; this design is good for inactive wearers who are not wearing shoes. Others have heating wires only in the toe area, as these are the farthest extremities and most likely to need heat, especially for people with poor circulation. Other styles avoid the sole of the sock, which is important if you are going to be doing a lot of walking or running.
  • Choose a sock length depending on the type of shoe or boot you will wear with them. Keep in mind the battery and control placement and whether these will interfere with the shoe or boot.
  • Look at the heating capacity, temperature control, battery life, and ease of changing the batteries. "Always on" socks are the simplest design; variable temperature allows you to adjust for different ambient temperatures, shoe heat retention, and activity levels.

Finally, check the washing instructions. Most can be gently handwashed without damage.

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